bill1 [ bıl ] noun count ***
▸ 1 amount you owe
▸ 2 paper money
▸ 3 proposal for law
▸ 4 bird's beak
▸ 5 list of concert events
1. ) a written statement showing how much money you owe someone for goods or services you have received: INVOICE:
a telephone bill
bill for: I hate to think what the bill for the repairs will be.
pay/settle a bill: I always pay my bills on time.
a ) the amount of money you have to pay for something:
Their grocery bill is around $75 per week.
b ) MAINLY BRITISH a piece of paper that shows how much money you owe after eating in a restaurant: CHECK
2. ) AMERICAN a piece of paper money. British note:
a $100 bill
3. ) a written document containing a proposal for a new law:
pass a bill: A bill was passed lowering the legal age of consent.
4. ) a bird's beak
5. ) a list of events and performers at a concert, show, etc.:
top the bill (=be the most important performer): He'll be topping the bill at the show next month.
fill/fit the bill
to be appropriate for something:
If you're looking for an outdoor vacation, Colorado could fit the bill.
get a clean bill of health
to be told that you are healthy after being examined by a doctor
give something a clean bill of health
to examine something and say it is satisfactory or in good condition:
Analysts have given the restructured company a clean bill of health.
the (old) bill BRITISH INFORMAL
the police
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bill 2 [ bıl ] verb transitive
to send or give someone a written statement of the money they owe:
bill for: We were billed for three nights when we were only there for two.
be billed to sing/play etc.
if a performer is billed to sing, play, etc. somewhere, they are listed in a program or advertisement
bill and coo HUMOROUS
if two people bill and coo, they kiss each other and talk together in a romantic way
bill someone/something as something
to advertise or describe someone or something in a particular way, especially in order to make them sound interesting or important:
Electric cars are being billed as the automobiles of the future.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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